A Tragic Accident May Result In Criminal Charges
Anytime that someone dies as the result of a car accident, the driver is faced with the potential of being charged criminally with some type of vehicular homicide. These types of charges subject people to serious penalties, including loss of driving privileges and lengthy prison sentence. However, just because an accident you were involved in resulted in another’s death does not mean you have committed a vehicular homicide.
The vehicular homicide defense attorneys at Nicholson Goetz & Otis, S.C., in Madison understand the severity and consequences of being charged with a vehicular homicide. With years of experience, including extensive experience in the courtroom, they are prepared to build a strong defense to protect your freedom.
What Is Vehicular Homicide?
Vehicular homicide is a general term used when a driver causes the death of another person by operating a motor vehicle. This could involve running a red light, drinking and driving, speeding or otherwise failing to exercise care. In Wisconsin, several charges fall under the umbrella of vehicular homicide, including:
- Homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle
- Homicide by operation of a motor vehicle with a prohibited alcohol content
- Homicide by operation of a motor vehicle with a detectable amount of a restricted controlled substance
- Homicide by negligent operation of a motor vehicle
- Operating after revocation causing death
- Hit-and-run involving death
Understanding Causation And Building A Strong Defense
Causation is an important part of vehicular homicide cases. In most instances, it is not enough for the prosecution to prove that you were driving, were involved in an accident, and that someone died; instead, the prosecution must also prove that your actions substantially contributed to the victim’s death.
Our criminal defense lawyers are skilled at protecting individuals who have been accused of vehicular homicide. Jessa Nicholson, our founding attorney, has a record of success trying homicide cases. She and our other lawyers will be prepared to fight for your freedom.